International Transfer Students

International transfer students are international students currently studying at another institution in the United States on a valid F-1 visa, who are transferring to Dominican University of California to begin a new degree program.


In order to complete the transfer process to Dominican and maintain their legal status in the United States, students must meet the requirements outlined below.


F-1 Students

  • Student’s current institution must release the SEVIS record to Dominican. This will enable Dominican's Global Education Office (GEO) to issue a “transfer pending” I-20 form.
  • Make sure that the transfer I-20 form issued by Dominican notes “transfer pending from (name of previous institution)" in line #3 of page 1. 
  • For questions regarding Dominican transfer I-20 form, please contact Vaolele Stawiarski at


Traveling Abroad and Re-Entering

After the Dominican I-20 form has been issued based upon the procedures indicated above, students who plan on traveling outside the United States prior to starting their first semester at Dominican must remember the following:

  1. It is not necessary to visit the U.S. Consulate/Embassy for a new visa unless the current F-1 student visa in the passport has expired or will expire before the date of re-entry into the United States. 
  2. Re-entry into the United States will require students to show the following documents at the Port of Entry:
  • Passport (valid at least 6 months into the future)
  • Valid F-1 student visa in the passport 
  • Dominican “transfer pending” I-20 form


Passport Verification

All F-1 transfer students must complete Passport Verification (PPV) with the Global Education Office (GEO). Students can sign up for PPV by e-mailing Vaolele Stawiarski at